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Liberals promise card machines for parking

By johnboy - 1 June 2012 35

Zed and Alistair have had a thought bubble on getting credit cards (and presumably debit cards) and myway cards talking to parking machines.

“The days of trying to find enough change for parking could soon be over,” Mr Seselja said today.

“Today’s announcement will make the journey to work more convenient than it is now, and would bring the ACT into line with the many other local councils across Australia that already have credit card parking machines.

“The existing coin operated machines would remain to give people choice, and the technology could be adapted to accept other payment methods such as MyWay cards.”

Mr Coe said 20 of the new machines would initially be rolled out at a capital cost of $210,000.

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Liberals promise card machines for parking
chewy14 7:42 pm 01 Jun 12

Jim Jones said :

Wow – first the flashing signs near school zones, and now this.

The ACT Liberal party are just an unstoppable force for insightful policy innovation at the moment.

I know.

Surely there is better things for them to do?

Like writing some more human rights legislation or making sure that our prisoners have easy access to drugs.

goggles13 5:35 pm 01 Jun 12

blub said :

How many people who regularly park actually pay each day with coins? Wouldn’t you just buy those prepaid tickets – which give you a discount too.

I’m surprised how many people don’t get the pre-paid tickets. mind you the discount is not that much.

blub 5:31 pm 01 Jun 12

Morgan said :

Its called Visa Paywave. Visa is trialling the use of this on Buses somewhere in Europe.

The difference between using something like Visa’s Paywave or Mastercard’s Paypass is that the credit companies keep the money. If you used MyWay for such a system, you prepay with your MyWay credit so the Government already has your money – rather than the credit company giving the money to the Government on a pay per use basis.

Someone with an accounting or economic mind can figure out which one’s better for the public purse, and for consumers in the long run. I have no idea.

Morgan 4:34 pm 01 Jun 12

Rollersk8r said :

Dammit that was my idea! We have been discussing it at work for months. There’s got to be lots of other small governmnt-related transactions that could be made easier with the myway card – national park entry (in the ACT), tip fees, library fines, even entry to civic pool, for example?? Any others ideas out there??

And hey – the more uses the card has the more likely people might be to actually try the bus!

It would also be perfect for small non-municipal transactions, i.e. buying coffees – although we assume there would be legal or other issues preventing the government from effectively creating the ACT’s own little debit card, competing with eftpos etc?? To be viable for use as general currency there would have to be fees and revenue involved etc.

Its called Visa Paywave. Visa is trialling the use of this on Buses somewhere in Europe.

qbngeek 4:25 pm 01 Jun 12

blub said :

How many people who regularly park actually pay each day with coins? Wouldn’t you just buy those prepaid tickets – which give you a discount too.

I parked in Woden for four years and never had a pre-paid ticket. I tried to order one once but they told me I had to go into the shopfront and provide ID and become a customer becuase I was from NSW…F**k that for too much hassle.

For the last 18 months of the 4 years I parked about 2km away almost every day and walked to try and reduce my weight. It also saved me a buttload of money so it was worth it.

neanderthalsis 3:46 pm 01 Jun 12

jules_from_latham said :

Fingers crossed this initiative actually happens regardless of the election outcome – I hate having to use coins all the time.

Hear hear! I occasionally have to leave my nice secure work car park and face the challenges of parking in the city. I hate having to scrounge around to find loose change, up to $14 in some cases, just to park. First world problem, but dammit, it is annoying.

Mysteryman 3:45 pm 01 Jun 12

I’d rather they just lowered the price of parking.

Rollersk8r 3:30 pm 01 Jun 12

Dammit that was my idea! We have been discussing it at work for months. There’s got to be lots of other small governmnt-related transactions that could be made easier with the myway card – national park entry (in the ACT), tip fees, library fines, even entry to civic pool, for example?? Any others ideas out there??

And hey – the more uses the card has the more likely people might be to actually try the bus!

It would also be perfect for small non-municipal transactions, i.e. buying coffees – although we assume there would be legal or other issues preventing the government from effectively creating the ACT’s own little debit card, competing with eftpos etc?? To be viable for use as general currency there would have to be fees and revenue involved etc.

Madam Cholet 3:29 pm 01 Jun 12

Far out brussel sprout! That would get my vote….I hate having to hoard coins. Just this morning I had to park, go and buy something to get change, hoof back to the car park and finally come in to work. Not that there will be any car parks for us to park in after the Gov has sold them all. I park in the one near the police station in City West and have noted that there has been glass all over the ground near the ticket machine for weeks, which proves they are not serviced at all….not sure quite what the $11 a day pays for?

Heavs 3:13 pm 01 Jun 12

So is this going to be a major policy platform? Big Issues Zed.

Saying that – it’s actually a pretty good idea. Hopefully whoever gets in implements it.

blub 3:00 pm 01 Jun 12

How many people who regularly park actually pay each day with coins? Wouldn’t you just buy those prepaid tickets – which give you a discount too.

jules_from_latham 2:48 pm 01 Jun 12

Fingers crossed this initiative actually happens regardless of the election outcome – I hate having to use coins all the time.

Jim Jones 2:47 pm 01 Jun 12

Wow – first the flashing signs near school zones, and now this.

The ACT Liberal party are just an unstoppable force for insightful policy innovation at the moment.

EvanJames 2:45 pm 01 Jun 12

Oh dear, they’ve found a winning policy. Maybe the nice airport owners have shown them how you can run a series of carparks with machines that take credit cards and thus make it EASIER for your parking victims to give you their money.

Felix the Cat 2:31 pm 01 Jun 12

Welcome to the 20th century, ACT Govt

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